I love supporting local beer brewers… and they’ve really been popping up everywhere here in Virginia lately!
Okay… so I realize that Devil’s Backbone has been around for a few years, but I swear it seems like they just came out of nowhere! I see a Virginia Beer display in almost every grocery store these days, and Devil’s Backbone always has a couple of different styles to choose from.
I tried their “Belgian Congo Pale Ale” and found it rather tasty! No only do I love Pale Ales, I adore Belgian Yeast – as it makes things a little more “fruity” and “bubbly”. The combination of hops along with the distinctive Belgian taste makes this a yummy brew – put it on your “must try” list.
Make sure to keep supporting your local beer brewers; They make some amazing stuff!
If you like grapefruit, you’ll love Widmer Brothers Brewing’s Drifter Pale Ale! With a fruity aroma and a crazy citrus flavor – this brew will make you pucker! Personally, I love a great Pale Ale but can’t deal with the grapefruit flavors some of the different hops produce; it’s just too tart for me.
Widmer makes some good beers, so if this one doesn’t make your taste buds happy, be sure to check out one of their other flavors!
Okay, okay – I know it’s cheesy, but with the whole “planking” craze, I really couldn’t resist posting a picture like this.
We had dinner with friends last night and they brought back some beer from NJ. This SlyFox Phoenix Pale Ale is brewed in PA but isn’t distributed in VA. It’s a shame we can’t get more of this delicious beer here, as it was yummy. This Pale is very smooth – with a good balance of hops and malt. I love that it was hoppy and floral, without killing my taste buds! You can see that it has an awesome color – as well as it’s a CAN BREW!! 🙂
Hopefully SlyFox expands their distribution, as I’d love to try some of their other concoctions!
Cheers – and Happy Planking! 😉
We frequent the pool a lot, and on Friday nights, we normally bring beer and hang out there. Today, I was on a mission to find some great canned beers that I hadn’t tried. At the local Total Wine, I found a pretty good selection of canned beer and I made my own little assorted six-pack.
The first beer out of the sixer was Caldera’s Pale Ale – and it’s totally a winner! This pale is super light in color and crystal clear. It’s full of aromatic hops that leave you with a crisp tingle on the tip of your tongue and finish off with a tad of bitterness.
I’ve said it lots, but I’m impressed with these craft breweries canning their beer. It makes it so easy to take places where glass isn’t allowed. At the top of the Caldera can, it even says “Go Cans! Go Skiing! Go Hiking! Go Rafting!” – they’re a smart brewery!
Okay, so I realize this isn’t a picture of hops, or a mountain – but I had to work with what I have! 😉
I’m surprised I haven’t had this beer before now – as Dominion makes some really good beers (and delicious root beer).
I thought this Pale Ale was well balanced, crisp and hoppy. It was nice that it wasn’t too overly hopped (some people would say there isn’t such a thing, but I can only handle so much hop flavor before my tongue goes numb) and was still a very clean and refreshing brew. I believe this Pale is in a variety summer pack from Dominion, on sale right now – so check it out!
After spending the weekend at the beach and the pool, we had to find some great canned beers to take with us!
Seeing as Oskar Blues brewery prides itself on being the brewery who serves all of it’s craft brew in a can, what better beer to choose for a “glass free” weekend? I already have a love for the “Old Chub” which is Oskar Blues’ Scotch Ale. I branched out and tried the Dale’s Pale and really enjoyed it. This brew is a little more hoppy than my standard Sierra Nevada Pale, but I love it!
Add this can to your list of beer to pack in your sand bucket on the way to the beach! Cheers!
Okay, I know I’ve posted a Sierra cap before, but humor me if you will. Tonight I was looking through my caps and came upon another Sierra Cap (the one here). I was thinking, we drink A LOT of Sierra, and for one main reason – it’s a good brew! I’ve had lots of different pale ales in my day, but Sierra is certainly our “staple” pale ale. It’s refreshing, hoppy, good on a warm day, and is a wonderful beer that is always consistent. To sum it all up, I posted yet another cap for Sierra Nevada Pale Ale because it’s my “go to” beer. It’s like a good friend, it never lets you down!
The first Saranac beer that I tried was their Black & Tan – I was on a “real” black & tan kick so I thought I’d give it a try… pretty impressive. It’s awesome that a brewery has a bunch of different styles of beers that are all pretty good. From their Pale Ale to the Black Forest and Brown Ale – I can’t complain about any of them… and their seasonals, like the Belgian Ale and Vanilla Porter are stellar! Just recently I learned that they even make non-alcoholic sodas: Root Beer, Black Cherry and even Orange Cream – yum!
If you haven’t tried a Saranac, pick up their mixed pack – there’s something for every taste bud!
Brooklyn Brewery makes one of my favorite brown ales (only second to Legend Brewing from Richmond, Va – of course). The Brooklyn Brown is a little chocolaty without being overly sweet. It’s a good staple to have in your beer fridge, especially if you’re a fellow brown ale lover! This particular brewery does make some other beers I like; they have a great Oktoberfest and a yummy Black Chocolate Stout.
I have to say, even though I love Pale Ales, theirs isn’t my favorite. I think it may be their use of Willamette Hops, which are a little too “grapefruitty” for my taste.
Give Brooklyn Brewery a try though, they have a great variety!